The Latest In Progress
In poems of varying length the author describes growing up with 3 siblings in a loving family relationship that varied between New York And South Caroline. While civil rights issues were part of her experience this is a coming of age story of any child who has loving and involved grandparents, some learning difficulties, a dream 9to be a writer), family expectations (especially about religion) and a strong sense of the natural world. A wonderful read. Ten to Fourteen.
The author presents the Bronte sisters' lives in their late teen-age years, interspersing some aspects of their own stories in this fictionalized account of their adventures, the mystery of their brother and their wealthy neighbor and their dreams. Hopefully a book to inspire the reading of their real novels. Fourteen and Up.
From National Book Award finalist Deborah Wiles we get the second installment of The Sixties Trilogy. REVOLUTION was well worth the wait after COUNTDOWN, the first of the trilogy (which is also a wonderful audio book). It is 1964, Greenwood, Mississippi, and twelve-year-old Sunny Fairchild faces many problems among which are: her father has announced that not only will Sunny have a new step-mother and step-brother, but a new baby is also on the way. When black and white activists start arriving in town to register black people to vote Sunny realizes that her town has serious racial problems, that some of the white people she knows are not really upstanding folks. This novel is not only entertaining as fiction is meant to be but also enlightening. Mini-bullet biographies of Americans such as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Muhammad Ali, and Dr. Dorothy Irene Height are seamlessly incorporated in the narrative. Not only are the voices of the two principal narrators right for the parts, the entire ensemble does a fabulous job. This is a great audio to take on a trip with teen and to discuss later. I will be waiting for the final installment. Maria E. Gentle Ages 12+ Audiobook
With an interesting narrative and bright illustrations, Miller explains what happens when particular materials are recycled and the environmental benefits of each recycling process. Just enough information to engage young conservationists, not preachy, encouraging. Glad there is a place for the ants and the worm and the bug...good-bye rats. Up to Seven
A powerful tornado flips Jersey Cameron’s imperfect but normal life on its head. Shipped off to live with estranged relatives, she must redefine what losing everything in the wake of a tragedy truly means. Narrator Lauren Fontag powerfully connects readers to Jersey and her experience with arresting and emotional immediate reading. Fourteen and Up. Lizzie Nolan